19 Jul 2012

60 seconds with Eugenie Bouchard

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Photo: Corinne DubreuilEugenie Bouchard (CAN)

How did you get into tennis?

I have a non-identical twin sister and when we were five years old my mum put us in these weekly groups where we would play games like jumping through hoops and bouncing balloons. We would only play tennis for ten minutes out of the hour and I hated those groups because I just wanted to play more tennis. My parents realised I really wanted to play more so I started playing tennis around three times a week in groups and then in private lessons. I played my first tournament when I was eight and travelled internationally when I was nine and that was when I realised I wanted to make a career out of tennis.

Tell us about your family

I have a twin sister who is six minutes older than me but I am four inches taller! I also have a younger sister and a younger brother.

Do you play any other sports?

I used to play soccer and do basketball camp when I was younger. Now my other sport is fitness!

Do you like reading?

I love reading, it’s calming and I like to read as much as I can. It’s really good when I’m travelling to have a book to read. I read the Hunger Games because I had to as everyone was going crazy about it. Before that I finished the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, which I loved.

Which is your favourite Grand Slam?
Wimbledon. I love it here, it’s legendary. It’s the one everyone wants to win.  The grass, the ivy on the buildings, it’s very special.

What’s your favourite holiday destination?

Anywhere on a beach where it’s hot. Where I can lay back and just chill so the Bahamas, Florida, or Hawaii.

If you could have dinner with a celebrity, who would it be?

Joe Jonas - I’ve been in love with him for five years. They (the Jonas Brothers) played a concert in Montreal three years ago and my agent got me backstage passes. Their favourite sport is tennis so I told them I was playing the US Open junior event the following week which they thought was very exciting. It was the best day of my life!

Do you have any pre-match rituals?

I like to listen to music, talk to my coach about tactics and really just stay focused. It’s a job and you have to go out there and work hard.

How have you enjoyed playing Fed Cup?

I’ve played both Junior Fed Cup and Fed Cup. Junior Fed Cup is so much fun as you play different countries every day. I made my Fed Cup debut against Slovenia last year and won my first rubber. It’s cool to have a coach to help you at the changeover because then in your own matches you can think about what he would say if he were here.  I think it helps. I definitely felt really proud to be representing Canada when I played.